Before the Canadian Tire Gas Bar There Was..


Some people have asked me what building was situated on on the present Canadian Ggas Bar location. I found this on the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum website- Please check out their website as well as their Facebook page.

Their home was called Raloo Cottage and the only picture we have is from 1954 and it was owned by Captain William Henry Vickers Hooper and his wife Mabel.


Featured Artifact – March 2014


(1994.17.12b)“Come to the Irish Tea”!

Mabel Hooper sent this Irish clover shaped invitation to her neighbour Bertha Schwerdtfeger, inviting her to a Ladies Aid tea. Mabel was married to decorated war hero Captain William Henry Vickers Hooper, and lived at the corner of Bridge Street and Lake Avenue.

Her husband had served in the Boer War and later moved to Carleton Place where he worked as a photographer. During WWI he led the first contingent of Carleton Place men overseas. In April 1915 Hooper was wounded and captured by the Germans and spent a year and a half as a prisoner of war in Mainz, Germany. Upon his return home he worked as Postmaster from 1919 – 1950 and served as Mayor of Carleton Place in 1923.– Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum


Captain William Hooper and his wife Mabel at “Raloo Cottage”. Mabel (1879 – 1952) was the daughter of Brice McNeely Jr. and Mary MacDowell. They were married in 1905.


Raloo Cottage on Bridge Street Carleton Place. This photo, from a Hooper family album, is captioned “The day the Governor General came for lunch”, but is not dated. This home was torn down in 1954 and replaced



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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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